Sunday, June 26, 2005

Supreme Court Deals Blow To Private Property

Ever thought you actually owned something, to hear on the radio, that you really didn't? The government had just stuck their hands in your pocket again!

Property owners just got dealt a bad hand by the Supreme Court last week. And, it boils down to 'money'. The 5th Amendment takings clause was used against privately owned homeowners in a Connecticut city because the court felt that the city's need for more tax revenue justified the taking of the homes to build an office complex, hotel, and more expensive housing. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote in her dissent that taking private property from one citizen and giving it to another was beyond the power of the government.

I Timothy 6:10 says that the 'love of money is the root of all evil.' But, when it comes to padding the pockets of city governments, I suppose 'anything goes'.

If this is let stand, we can look for any of our properties to be subject to being snatched by greedy hands for public use!


Kerry said...

I hate to say this, but the beauty of all of this is that the first person that this is going to affect is one of the very judges who voted for it.

Justice David Souter's worst nightmare

Barbara said...

And, it seems they really mean business! Hopefully, they will go on to the rest of those judges and do the same thing!

Supreme Court Justice faces boot from home?

Ernesto Moye said...

Well, that could be true.